Thursday, May 7, 2009

Soil science is a natural science

Soil science or pedology (pedo is Greek for ground or soil) is a scientific discipline at the meeting point of physical, biological, geological and agricultural sciences. Because soil is a natural body, soil science is a natural science that deals with the study of soil in all its aspects such as genesis, composition, properties, geography, ecology, fertility, degradation and protection. A more specific definition states that soil science is an environmental (or ecological) natural science concerned with the evolution, characterization, function, distribution, management and protection of the soil resource in terrestrial ecosystems.

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